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Malta's weather: a month-by-month temperature forecast

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Situated right in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta boasts ideal weather with hot summers and mild winters, making it the perfect destination if you’re looking to escape the cold and minimal sunshine back at home. Although weather extremes are rare, variations and abrupt changes do occur which may catch you unawares. So if you’re planning your next vacation and you’re wondering when the best time to visit is or you’re jetting off to the island and you’re wondering what to pack, here we explore Malta’s weather forecast month-by-month so you can decide whether you’ll be needing your sunblock or coat.



Weather in January: time to bundle up


Considered one of the coldest months of the year, January marks the beginning of winter and features a mixture of sunny, cloudy and rainy days, however, when the wind is howling it can feel much colder. Having said that, the temperature is nowhere close to those of other European countries so forget about snow blizzards and non-stop rain. With the water being a cool 17℃, swimming might not be an option, but beaches are empty and can serve as the perfect spot for an impromptu al fresco meal. Alternatively, why not dedicate a couple of days for camping? The Ghajn Tuffieha Campsite, l’Ahrax in Mellieha, the Malta Campsite in Armier, Delimara, Ghar Lapsi, Selmun, Gozo, Comino and other camping sites are all perfect for enjoying Malta’s warm weather outdoors, whereas the island is filled with numerous stores that sell all sorts of camping equipment

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 16℃ / low 13℃ (61℉/55℉)
Hours of daylight - 5 hours
Rainfall - 12 days
Sea temperature - 17℃ (63℉)
UV index - 2

What to pack: winter clothes is all you need during this time of year. Thick tops, jackets and coats, trousers and perhaps a pair of gloves and a scarf will help you keep warm both outdoors and indoors.

Weather extremes: Although a rare phenomenon, Malta has experienced a number of snow spells in the past. January 1858, March 1877, February 1895, January 1905, March 1949, January 1962 and December 2014, are all dates when snowfall with or without accumulation have been recorded.

Tip: With over 90% of winter days filled with sunshine, you may have been fooled and decided not to pack your warmest of clothes. Feeling the cold and humidity in your bones now that you’ve set foot on the island? Here is a list of women’s clothing shops and here is another that features stores with men’s clothing



Weather in February: winter in full swing


Would love to travel but you’re on a shoestring budget? February is considered low season so you’re bound to find some good deals for an affordable stay. The island can be quite windy during this time of year so brace yourself. Coastal regions can witness waves that may reach several meters high, so unless there is a slight breeze and the sea is calm, don’t dare approach the coast. But not all is doom and gloom. Sunshine is still rampant and in fact, February is perfect for exploring the country’s cultural and natural heritage. To simplify things for you, here are the top must-see museums you should visit during your stay, whereas if you’d like to experience the island’s religious devotion, these are some chapels that feature a rich story of dedication to a particular saint or cause.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 16℃ / low 13℃ (61℉/55℉)
Hours of daylight - 7 hours
Rainfall - 12 days
Sea temperature - 16℃ (61℉)
UV index - 4

What to pack: as is the case with January, February calls for warm and cosy clothing. You should also consider investing in a windbreaker jacket that will help you resist the wind, chill and any light rain. 

Weather extremes: Speaking of wind, November 2014 saw the strongest winds ever recorded on the island since 1947, peaking at 64 knots and surpassing the 47 knots registered in the past. 

Tip: Or rather, more of a warning. Maltese houses are built to withstand the summer heat, but don’t weather the cold winter well. What does this mean? Being indoors can feel much colder than being outdoors in the sun. So make sure that your accommodation has some form of heating like a gas or electric heater, a fireplace or central heating. In addition, you should perhaps consider bringing along a pair of fluffy slippers and thermal socks.




What’s the weather like in Malta in winter?
One of the mildest winters in Europe lasting from December to April, Malta has over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, while over 90% of winter days feature sunshine. The coldest month of the season is January with the typical daytime maximum temperature ranging from 12℃ to 18℃ (54℉/64℉), while the nighttime minimum temperature reaches anywhere between 6℃ to 12℃ (43℉/54℉).

 

 





Weather in March: get lost in the Maltese countryside


Generally speaking, Malta does not boast four distinct seasons and so springtime is usually either an extension of wintertime or, more often than not, a sudden debut of summer. Either way, March is a time when the days get longer, the heating switches off and the local fauna and flora begins buzzing with life. If you aren’t after an exclusive beach vacation, the island can be a paradise for hiking and trekking lovers. From scenic countryside and quaint little villages to beautiful bays and rocky coastlines, there are numerous hiking trails you can follow, allowing you to take in on the landscape while staying fit.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 18℃ / low 15℃ (64℉/59℉)
Hours of daylight - 7 hours
Rainfall - 9 days
Sea temperature - 16℃ (61℉)
UV index - 5

What to pack: The average temperature may point to below 20℃, however, if you’re out and about, you’ll get hot fast. Fill your suitcase with light winter attire and some t-shirts to layer up according to the day’s forecast, whereas if you’re planning to spend your days hiking across the island, you should probably get your hiking books from home or equip yourself with hiking equipment bought locally.

Tip: A visit to Chadwick Lakes, Malta’s sole freshwater stream, is a must at this time of the year. The downpour of the previous months would have filled the dams with water, providing a tranquil haven for anyone who would love some peace.

Weather in April: welcome spring


One of the best months to visit Malta, April is warm enough for you to ditch heavy clothing yet it isn’t stifling hot that will make you seek shade all day long. Typically, this month is dedicated to the Easter celebrations. Regardless of whether you’re the religious type or not, joining in on the fun can be a great way to get a taste of local life. One of the best ways to do so is by participating in what is known as the seven visits. As its name implies, this involves visiting seven different churches that pay homepage to the Altars of Repose. And since you’ll be roaming around the various towns and villages, why not explore some underrated Maltese and Gozitan villages that pack on the charm?

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 20℃ / low 17℃ (68℉/63℉)
Hours of daylight - 8 hours
Rainfall - 6 days
Sea temperature - 17℃ (63℉)
UV index - 7

What to pack: Although the sea temperature is relatively cool and in all likelihood you’ll be unable to swim, the weather is warm enough for you to soak up the sun, so do pack some swimwear if you’re hoping to get a nice, overall suntan.

Tip: Ta’ Qali and Buskett, the country’s only expansive woodland and the numerous beaches are the usual go-to areas selected by locals for picnicking. But did you know that there are many other beautiful picnic spots



Weather in May: enjoy the peace before the summer madness


By May the weather becomes almost summery and although tourist arrivals are on the increase, the island is still relatively quiet. Considering that the heat is bearable and the sea temperature is comfortable enough, why not give extreme sports a go? If you’re seeking excitement and you’re after an adventure, Malta offers a number of opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping. From rock climbing to zip-lining and paragliding, the land can be your playground, whereas the sea provides exhilarating activities such as jet skiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, as well as flyboarding to name a few.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 24℃ / low 20℃ (75℉/68℉)
Hours of daylight - 10 hours
Rainfall - 3 days
Sea temperature - 19℃ (66℉)
UV index - 9

What to pack: short sleeved tops and shorts should be enough to keep you cool during the warmer mornings, whereas, light sweaters or a cardigan are enough for the evenings. Now is also the time to swap closed shoes for sandals and flip-flops.

Tip: The balmy evenings will make you want to be out and about. Watch the latest blockbuster in one of the cinema complexes found across the island, flock to the theatres to enjoy a play or sink your teeth into a traditional dish prepared in one of the many restaurants offering Maltese cuisine



Weather in June: time to head to the beach


This is the time of year when the temperature starts rising slowly but steadily and when people start flocking to the beach, marking the beginning of summer. For locals, June is still considered a relatively cool month and truth be told the weather can still be unpredictable at times with cloudy days and chilly winds. But don’t be fooled. The UV index is high enough to give you a sunburn even on cloudy days, so if you’re hailing from Iceland or a mountain town somewhere in Switzerland, perhaps you should invest in one of those fan hats to keep you cool and don’t forget to slap on the sunscreen. Having said that, June is still a good month for morning sightseeing tours and leisurely strolls in the countryside.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 29℃ / low 24℃ (84℉/75℉)
Hours of daylight - 11 hours
Rainfall - 1 day
Sea temperature - 22℃ (72℉)
UV index - 10

What to pack: light clothing is all you need, however, do bring a cardigan or a thin jacket for the evenings or for breezier days.

Fun fact: Did you know that Malta enjoys around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, making it one of the sunniest countries in Europe? In contrast, London, for example, only has around 1,461 hours of sunshine per year.

Tip: Wondering which beach you should visit based on the day’s weather conditions? Why not have a look at our top tips on how to pick your perfect beach.


 

What’s the weather like in Malta in summer?
The country’s ultimate highlight, sunshine, is typical all year round, however, there’s no better season to bask in the sun than in summer. During this season the mercury reaches alarming levels, becoming unbearably hot and dry. The warmest month is August, with typical maximum daytime temperatures ranging from 34℃ to 40℃ (93℉/104℉), while the minimum nighttime temperatures reach anywhere between 20℃ to 24℃ (68℉/75℉).

 

 






Weather in July: crank up the AC


Here is when it gets pretty unbearable. Typically, the mercury rises well into the 30℃s, while the air can be pretty dry. Although this temperature is ideal to enjoy the beach, roaming around the island can be a drag. Leave sightseeing for either the very early morning or the late evening and dedicate your mid-mornings and afternoons for swimming, snorkelling, diving and other watersports. You may also want to consider visiting museums where you can marvel the island’s cultural, artistic and historical heritage away from the sun’s sizzling rays or perhaps you may want to consider going shopping in one of the many air-conditioned shopping centres and malls.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 32℃ / low 27℃ (90℉/81℉)
Hours of daylight - 12 hours
Rainfall - 0 day
Sea temperature - 26℃ (79℉)
UV index - 10

What to pack: it goes without saying that all you need during the month of July is shorts, t-shirts and summer dresses, while swimwear is, of course, imperative. Accessories like sunglasses and hats are also very important.

Tip: Expert diver but don’t know where to go? Have a look at the 10 best diving sites in Malta. Or perhaps you’re a diving novice and would like to give the sport a go? Here is a list of diving schools that can start you off with the basics.

Weather in August: try not to melt away


Welcome the scorching heat! August is considered the hottest month of the year and it’s usually when most heat waves occur. Humidity levels are also relatively high which makes the temperature feel much hotter than it really is. The sea is also at its warmest so you can easily go for a dip right through the night. Evenings are obviously cooler than the dead of noon, but you’ll definitely need to use an AC if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Also, bear in mind that the high season is at its peak now so from restaurants to beaches and local stores, expect everywhere to be jam-packed with locals and tourists alike. If you’re after a relaxed holiday with mornings lounging on a deckchair by the pool and nights dancing at a club or you’d like to celebrate a village festa like the locals do, August is the perfect time of the year to do so.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 32℃ / low 28℃ (90℉/82℉)
Hours of daylight - 12 hours
Rainfall - 1 day
Sea temperature - 27℃ (81℉)
UV index - 9

What to pack: once again August calls for summer attire though there will be times when you’d rather be walking in the nude. Refrain from doing so in public!

Weather extremes: The highest temperature ever recorded at the Luqa International Airport was that of 43.8℃ (110.8℉) in August 1999. 



Weather in September: prepare your umbrella


Expect a slight drop in temperature during this month, yet the elevated humidity will leave you gasping for air, while it will make you feel really sticky. September usually brings with it the first seasonal showers, offering a pleasant coolness. These may be torrential at times and they do occur suddenly, but they don’t last for long. Either way, it’s best to be prepared. Unless you want to end up being left soaking wet, arm yourself with an umbrella. On the bonus side, this month marks the end of the summer holidays for most families, which means that beaches will not be as busy, most especially during the week. Also, sightseeing and roaming along Malta and Gozo is much more doable now.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 28℃ / low 25℃ (82℉/77℉)
Hours of daylight - 9 hours
Rainfall - 5 days
Sea temperature - 26℃ (81℉)
UV index - 7

What to pack: t-shirts and shorts are perfect, but perhaps you might want to consider packing a light jacket or maybe a pair of trousers for those rainy days.And don’t forget your umbrella. 



Weather in October: the stormiest month


An unpredictable month to say the least, October can feature temperatures that will make you sweat in the morning and get the chills during the night, while the torrential and unexpected rain that often comes with this month may leave you wondering what to pack and what to wear. We also need to warn you about the floods. These can be spotted in their full glory in low-lying areas, while sewers will burst and expect chaos in the streets. But don’t fret and don’t let the rain hold you back from having a great time. The weather is still warm and the beach season usually lasts till the beginning of November. On the upside, this is the time to finally say goodbye to the AC and hello to the fan, unless you’re comfortable enough to sleep with no cooling appliances on.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 25℃ / low 22℃ (77℉/72℉)
Hours of daylight - 7 hours
Rainfall - 9 days
Sea temperature - 24℃ (75℉)
UV index - 5

What to pack: 
packing for your October holiday can be a bit of a conundrum. Be on the safe side by getting a mixture of both light, summer clothing and some long sleeved tops. Yet, with temperature lows of 22℃, there is still no need to bring your favourite knits and hoodies with you.

Weather extremes: October 2018 has been recorded as the stormiest month since 1951 with 16 thundery days.

Weather in November: visit Malta’s sister island


Away from the hustle and bustle, Gozo serves as a great escape from the madness that is usually present in Malta. As expected, the weather there is identical to that of the main island, unless there is a dark cloud hovering over Gozo. Featuring a multitude of green fields, crystal clear waters, imposing cliffs and natural marvels, the island is known for its laid-back atmosphere. Make sure you visit the capital Rabat and the fortified citadel, Calypso’s Cave and the Ggantija Temples. And if you can withstand November’s sea temperature, swim at Ramla Bay or San Blas. The only downside during this month is the humidity which can reach above the 60% mark.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 21℃ / low 18℃ (70℉/64℉)
Hours of daylight - 7 hours
Rainfall - 13 days
Sea temperature - 22℃ (72℉)
UV index - 3

What to pack: 
By November the weather becomes more stable, but the temperature drops. Add cosy clothing items to your luggage and you’re good to go.

Weather extremes: The lowest temperature ever recorded at the Luqa International Airport was in January 1981 at 1.4℃ (34.5℉).



Weather in December: sunny winter wonderland


Generally speaking, December tends to be the wettest month on average, though Malta has experienced some dry spells. You may not get snow on the rooftops and temperatures below 0℃, but if you’re lucky enough you might experience a hailstorm. All villages and towns will be decorated to the top, with Valletta, in particular, being magically charming, so visit the capital and join the Christmas cheer. As expected, during the festive season there’ll be plenty of events and happenings you can attend. For a full list of these have a look at what’s on in Malta.

The weather in numbers:
Temperature - high 18℃ / low 15℃ (64℉/59℉)
Hours of daylight - 5 hours
Rainfall - 16 days
Sea temperature - 19℃ (66℉)
UV index - 2

What to pack: 
unless you’re travelling from a snowy place and Malta’s December temperature feels like your country’s summer, don’t bother getting any summer clothes. Pack some light, winter items like trousers and jumpers or hoodies, as well as a thick jacket or a coat in case the weather changes unexpectedly. And if you’re spending Christmas or New Year’s eve on the island, ensure that you have appropriate clothing to get you glammed up.

Weather extremes: In 2008, a severe hailstorm hit the northern side of Valletta leaving a thick blanket of hail in the Marsamxett area. The hail was 2 feet deep and brought a stop to the locals’ day-to-day life. But what’s more astonishing about this extreme weather is the fact that only Valletta was affected. Whether you’re visiting to marvel the cultural and historical sites, to swim and dive or to simply soak up the sun, Malta’s climate is certainly one of the reasons why tourists come to the island time and time again.

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